Pourewa Restoration Group

The Pourewa Valley is in the heart of Auckland City. The remnant coastal forest is being restored by a number of volunteer groups headed by the Friends Of Pourewa Valley.

Purewa Restoration Group


The Pourewa Restoration Group are a small group of locals transforming an important area of bush in the heart of Auckland city.

The group was started in 2006 by Martin Heffer and Pat Northey and since then many people have joined up to assist us in this project. Roy Clements and his group who had already started restoring some of the valley, especially the area below the Selwyn College playing fields now called Selwyn Park.

The Eastern Bays Fitness Gym overlooks the upper slopes of Selwyn Park and was being used as a rubbish dump and was covered with weeds. Martin and Pat got together and started to clear this area. Meanwhile Roy and his team started to work on the school side of the valley and later on lower into the valley.

Throughout the life of the project we have had a number of volunteers that have also helped to make a significant improvement to the area -see below.

In 2007 we were awarded funding via the Auckland Regional Council EIF fund to assist us with tools, sprays and plants. We have also had some assistance, and a donation of plants from the Auckland City Council. Selwyn College has provided some funding and recently we had a donation from the ASB Stadium.

 In 2010 the Purewa Restoration group were finalists in the ARC Environmental Awards.

See an article on our restoration project in the Eastern Bays Courier

For a list of current volunteers please see the Volunteers page

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We have had a number of dedicated people who have volunteered many hours on this project and have moved away or are just not able to assist us now.

We appreciate all of your help and you are all very much part of the restoration of this valley. We hope this site will allow you to keep an eye on the project and we welcome you back if you get the opportunity.

Many thanks to all of those staff and students from the REAF center (Refugee Education center for Adults and Families) that have supported us. These refugees are enjoying giving something back to their local  community and are a credit to the nations they come from.

Previous volunteers -

Kate Cottrell

Keith McSporran

Paul van den Berg

Robyn Sinclair 

Derek Ashcroft

Melissa Marler